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Note: This is a past column from May 24, 2013
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Las Vegas - May 24, 2013


Kenny Kerr 1952-2013

Neil Sedaka

In addition to family members, many old friends and fans turned out at Palm Mortuary East on Sunday, to say goodbye to Kenny Kerr, who passed away on April 28th at the age of 60. Among the familiar faces in attendance were Roger Caldwell, Barbara Ciarlantini, Mary Marcella Schwartz, Irene (Mrs. Herb) Kaufman, Denny Weddle, Joe LaVigna, Maryann Morrone, Adrienne Gottlieb, Papote Varet, David de Alba, Jimmy Emerson, Jim Peterson, Maggi Albisani, Princess Anne Davis Mulford, Strutt Hurley, Grant Philipo, Michael Pratt, Diana Saunders, Dori (Bambi Jones) Kotzan, Grace (Bambi Jr.) Coronel, Dennis McBride, Rob Schlegel, Bill Schafer, Tracey Skinner, Vincent Frey, Darren Quello, Neal Pantalion, Matt Daugherty, and Pier Marini and his wife, Cherol. Letters were read by some who could not be present at the service for the iconic comic/female impersonator, including Rip Taylor, Debbie Reynolds, former Las Vegas mayor Jan Jones and current mayor, Carolyn Goodman. Musician Neil Sedaka sent a note, along with a beautiful and touching recording of him singing "I'll Be Seeing You," that was played at the service. Kenny Kerr's cremains will be interred in New Jersey, next to his mother.


Ethel Merman by Martin Kreloff

Denise Clemente

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In a little more than a year from now, June 10th through July 6th, the long-awaited Broadway hit, The Book of Mormon, will land at The Smith Center. We don't know what the price of the tickets will be, but you can be sure they will be a lot more than $20. In the meantime, if you can't wait until 2014, and you are living on a limited budget, mark your calendars for June 7th and 8th of this year. That is when The Book of Merman plays at The Onyx Theatre in Commercial Center. A creation of Bill Fayne, the musical pays tribute to the Broadway belter, Ethel Merman, and will feature three different, equally talented "Ethels" - Vita Corimbi, Kellie Wright and Denise Clemente. Everything's Coming Up Merman at The Onyx on Friday, June 7th, and Saturday, June 8th, with both shows at 8 p.m. Ethel Merman was the last of her kind: a grand talent with equally immense vehicles to showcase her clarion voice and impeccable comic timing. Merman sang into her mid-70s. In her 60s, she performed in Las Vegas at the Flamingo Hotel, where she was referred to as "The happy earthquake to hit Las Vegas." The Book of Merman recreates music from her Las Vegas show as well as Broadway and film - including "Doin' What Comes Natur'lly," "Hostess With The Mostest," "I Got The Sun In The Morning," "Anything Goes," Small World," "I Got Rhythm," "Everything's Coming Up Roses" and "There's no Business Like Show Business - and recalls stories and the great music spanning her long illustrious career. Tickets are $20. The Onyx Theatre is thrilled to be bringing Broadway to Las Vegas, and is committed to provide high-quality entertainment at affordable ticket prices. The theater is located inside The Rack in the Commercial Center at 953 East Sahara Avenue #16. For more information, and to purchase tickets, please visit our website at www.onyxtheatre.com<, or call (702) 732-7225. Sounds like a show not to be missed.

Note: Many in the local music community are aware that longtime Las Vegas singer, Denise Clemente, is seriously ill and hospitalized. As a result, she will not be able to be in the above mentioned Book of Merman. Joining Vita Corimbi and Kellie Wright will be the versatile comic/singer/female impersonator, Jimmy Emerson, who has had a lifelong dream of playing Ethel in drag.


Jimmy Emerson

Spectrum

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Returning for their first Las Vegas appearance together since their sold out show during The Smith Center's first season, the award-winning male vocal quartet, Spectrum, and their stunning sister group, Radiance, will perform together in their unbelievable tribute to Motown and R & B music, tonight, Friday, May 24th, and tomorrow, the 25th, with shows at 7 p.m. The eight stellar vocalists sing and dance their way through one of the most influential American songbooks of all time. The look, class, style, choreography, harmonies and costuming are captured as only Spectrum and Radiance can. Internationally acclaimed, they will leave you wanting more, with stirring renditions of classic hits by the Temptations, Supremes, Four Tops, Marvelettes, Vandellas, Miracles, Stylistics and Donna Summer. Ticket prices for the shows in the Cabaret Jazz club are $32 and $35. Call The Smith Center Box Office at (702) 749-2000.


Radiance

Anthony Del Valle 1952-2013

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Local theater critic, Anthony Del Valle, passed away at a local hospice on Tuesday, May 21st
We first met Del Valle when he was writing for City Life. He had been with the Las Vegas Review-Journal for almost 10 years. At our deadline, no service plans had been announced.

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Computer issues last week had us in a tizzy and stressed to the max. As a result, none of the proper names we used in our F.I.O.R.E. story were bold-typed like they should have been. Rationing that if the folks were important enough to be mentioned, they were important enough to be bold-typed (and to have their names spelled correctly), so...
The last F.I.O.R.E. (Fun Italians Organizing Ridiculous Events) luncheon, held at the Italian American Club on May 9th, was a smashing success, with almost 120 people in attendance. The featured guest speaker was entertainer Steve Rossi, best known for his onstage partnership with comic Marty Allen. Among those we spotted in the crowd (many first-timers, or as they are called at the luncheons, "virgins") were Marvin Lashever, Barbara Kaye, Peggy King, Spike Measer, Tom and Pat Biener, Dori "Boom Boom" Kotzan, Dave Williams, Bill Acosta, Dr. George Ritter, Nik Mastrangelo, Lou Toomin, Sharon Graziano, Jim Marsh, Felix Silla, Tom and Alice Saitta, Don Hill (wife Gloria was mending at home following surgery), Artie Schroeck and Linda November, Buddy Greco Jr., Peter Anthony, Dr. Will Krom, Chick Hughes, Judy Coco, Allen Tramont, Mike Schaefer, Sam Wagmeister and, of course, hard-working presidents (all the F.I.O.R.E. men are presidents) Gary Anderson, Jimmy Racey, Conrad Villella and Nelson Sardelli. If you were there, and your name isn't mentioned here, don't take it personally (except for a few of you). In addition to a Neil Diamond look-a-like (tribute artist, Rob Garrett), there was a Dondino look-a-like as well. Dondino, who was a favorite entertainer around these parts in the ‘70s and ‘80s, relocated to Branson a number of years ago. The look-a-like at the F.I.O.R.E. gathering was so convincing, he even had a lady with him that amazingly resembled Dondino's manager/ partner/wife, Donna Gummelt. Oh my goodness! It really WAS Dondino and Donna! The two are back in Las Vegas, hoping to find a room where Dondino can sing for his longtime fans, and make new ones. In addition to performing, Dondino and Donna have been hard at work, putting together a series of popular children's books. We will have more about these two in future columns. The crowd enjoyed Rossi's talk. We were quite impressed, that after his program, Mr. Rossi, who is 81 (perhaps older), took the time to go all around the room, to individually greet the guests and thank them for coming.

And speaking of the Italian American Club, on Sunday evening, May 26th, the club will present Billy Donato Live! in the Ballroom, with seating beginning at 7:30. The Cleveland, Ohio-native delivers a timeless, high-energy, interactive performance, has entertained at Caesars Palace, The Orleans and Tropicana in Las Vegas. The crowd-pleaser offers a wide variety of musical styles, representing many eras. Get to the Italian American Club early, have dinner in the club's Ristorante (operated by Jimmy Girard of the popular Fellini‘s and Salvatore's), and then enjoy Billy Donato's free concert in the newly refurbished Ballroom. The Italian American Club is located at 2333 E. Sahara.


Billy Donato

Father's Day 2012 at Boulder City Veterans Home

And speaking of Mr. Sardelli (and we frequently do), with Father's Day on approach, his name comes up yet again. Not only is Nelson Sardelli a father (of some very talented women), he is a patriot who takes the opportunity to use each Father's Day to acknowledge and thank the residents at the Nevada State Veterans Home in Boulder City by organizing a show for the former military personnel who have given much for their country. Sardelli passes along this e-mail that he received from Angela Metcalf, Volunteer Coordinator at the Nevada State Veterans Home. It is fairly self explanatory.

Good morning, Nelson. Hope this email finds you well. Also, I hope Gary is recovering and healing, I keep him and you and all your friends in my thoughts and prayers daily. The Nevada State Veterans Home will be hosting the Annual Father's Day Bash on Sunday, June 16 and request the presence of Nelson Sardelli and Friends. The residents, families, visitors, staff, and volunteers look forward to this event every year and love the entertainment that is provided by Nelson and his many talented Friends. We look forward to working with you and wish you a happy and safe spring. Thank you for your consideration of our request. We are "Caring for America's Heroes,"

To which Nelson sends out this call...
Dear Fellow Entertainers and Supporters:
As you know, for the last 8 or 9 years a wonderful group of entertainers, (musicians, magicians, singers, comedians, high wire walkers etc) have joined me in entertaining the veterans at the Nevada State Veterans Home in Boulder City on Father's Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is always done as an act of love and appreciation. We know it is not a career move or anything, but it is most definitely a time when your gift of talent, and the opportunity to share it, will fill your heart with joy and pride. At this time I have the commitment of the following entertainers: Steve Rossi, Peter Anthony, Dondino and Donna, Dr. George Ritter, Gary Olds and The Usual Suspects, and Joseph R. Stanley. I have no doubt that many others will volunteer. Please let me know if you will be available on that date and would like to be a part of this annual event. In the name of all the Heroes at the NSVH I want to thank you in advance. Warmly, Nelson Sardelli

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Danny Walten & Gary Kilmer at Composers Showcase

Brent Barrett at Composers Showcase

We also rushed through our paragraph on the Composers Showcase, neglecting to mention some interesting people in the audience. Producer Paul Stone attended his first showcase, bringing along his friend, fellow Brit, singer/actor Danny Walten. Also in the audience was a longtime friend of Keith Thompson's (Jersey Boys musical director and conductor, and creator/host of the popular Composers Showcase series), actor/singer/teacher, Gary Kilmer. Gary, who was a cast member of Chicago the Musical on Broadway, currently lives on the East Coast, but is moving to Las Vegas, where he will be teaching Theater at Clark High School. Welcome to our city, Gary. (We will be writing more about Gary and his talented partner, Mark Moreau, in an upcoming column). And, surprise! Our Phavorite Phantom, Brent Barrett, is back, living in his Vegas home. Since departing Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular, Brent was back on Broadway, once again playing the role of smarmy lawyer Billy Flynn in Chicago, where, coincidentally, he was working with the above mentioned Gary Kilmer. Brent was recently in the touring company of Peter Pan, portraying Captain Hook/Mr. Darling to Cathy Rigby's Peter. The touring production of Peter Pan was, once again, directed by part-time UNLV faculty member, Glenn Casale. Among his ‘OFF-Broadway" credits, Mr. Barrett has also performed his own cabaret show in a number of Manhattan venues including, Birdland and 54 Below. In Las Vegas, he performed at UNLV as a member of The Broadway Tenors, and in the Cashman Theater in the Too Darn Hot revue.

And speaking of Broadway actors who have spent time performing on Las Vegas stages, friend Bill Nolte, who played the wacky pigeon-raising Nazi, Franz Liebkind, in Mel Brooks' The Producers when it played here at Paris Las Vegas, manages to stay busy. When he isn't traveling or painting (Bill is a fine artist), he is on a stage somewhere entertaining an audience. Recently, he was in Italy (Rome, Florence and Venice) doing research for a role coming up in the fall, that he can't talk about just yet. In the meantime, he is off to the Sacramento Music Circus to play The Wizard in The Wizard of Oz, from June 21st through 30th before heading to Maine, where he will play Jacob in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at John Lane's Ogunquit Playhouse, July 31st through August 25th. A note: Bill met his partner, of almost 30 years, at the Ogunquit Playhouse during a production of Annie. When we can let the cat out of the bag regarding Bill's upcoming role in the fall, you know we will.


Bill Nolte

Mel Brooks on PBS

And speaking of Mel Brooks...After 60 years in show business, Brooks has earned more major awards than any other living entertainer; he is one of 14 EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony) winners. Yet, the comedy giant has avoided a documentary profile being made, even issuing an informal gag order on his friends ... until now. Brooks agreed to throw himself into a new documentary about his storied career, giving PBS' American Masters exclusive interviews and complete access to his film and photo archives. Mel Brooks: Make a Noise premiered nationwide last Monday, May 20th. The documentary features new interviews with Brooks, his friends and colleagues, including Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, Cloris Leachman, Joan Rivers, Tracey Ullman, and his close friend, with whom he created The 2000 Year Old Man more than 50 years ago, Carl Reiner. A DVD with bonus material is available from Shout Factory.

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Ronnie Rose, accompanied by Uli Geissendoerfer on keys, Mike Mechem on drums, and Steve Flora on bass, performs at The Dispensary, 2451 E. Tropicana (at Eastern), tomorrow night, Saturday, May 25th, from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. It's off-Strip, has plenty of free parking, and good bar food. And, on Monday, May 27th, Memorial Day, Ronnie will be making a special appearance at Stonewater Park in Southern Highlands. The event time is from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. with Ronnie's performance at 5. Families are welcome. There will be plenty to do and see, including Fireworks, Snack shack, Beer Garden, Water slide, Field games, Rock wall, and games galore. Sounds like fun.


Ronnie Rose

Jim Caruso & Billy Stritch from Cast Party

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Jim Caruso's Cast Party, a Monday night staple at Birdland in New York, will take a little time away from that Coast to have a party at The Smith Center's Cabaret Jazz on Wednesday, June 19th, starting at 9:30 p.m. Caruso say, "We're headed back to Las Vegas! Billy Stritch and I are thrilled to be bringing Cast Party to the brand new, extremely gorgeous Cabaret Jazz Room at The Smith Center on Wednesday, June 19 at 9:30pm. If you would like to join us onstage with an upbeat, swinging ditty, please e-mail me at [email protected]" Jim Caruso's Cast Party is a wildly popular weekly Open Mic Night that's brought a sprinkling of Broadway glitz and urbane wit to the legendary Birdland in New York City every Monday night for ten years. It's a cool cabaret night-out enlivened by a hilariously impromptu variety show. Showbiz superstars hit the stage alongside up-and-comers, serving up jaw-dropping music and general razzle-dazzle. Caruso and Stritch made their successful Vegas debut a few seasons ago, and are chomping at the bit to celebrate and join forces with the extraordinary local talent. At their last Vegas outing, they were joined by Donny Osmond, Clint Holmes, Mimi Hines, Frankie Moreno, Cashetta, and the stars of Jersey Boys, Vegas! The Show, Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular, and so many more. For the last decade, Cast Party has been the ultimate spot to mix and mingle with Manhattan show folk and their fans. The buoyant, sharp and charming Caruso guides the entire affair like a bubbly cruise director, while musical genius Billy Stritch holds court at the ivories, and the audience is invited to participate in the festivities! It's the bash that would happen if somehow David Letterman and Ed Sullivan threw a hip house party around the nine-foot concert grand piano! Some of the A-Listers seen at Cast Party include Liza Minnelli, Michael Feinstein, Fiona Apple, Martin Short, Melissa Manchester, Josh Groban, Betty Comden, Jason Alexander, Linda Lavin, Jon Bon Jovi, Dave Koz, Carol Channing, Stephen Schwartz and Tony Bennett. Tickets are $20 and $30. Don't miss this party!

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Mistinguett Productions presents Poperazzi, Sunday, June 2nd at 3 p.m., at the Starbright Theatre in Sun City Summerlin. Blurring the boundaries between classical and popular music, Poperazzi was created in 2009, starring tenors George DeMott and Cody Shawn Gay, and soprano, Janien Valentine. Poperazzi have performed in premiere opera houses in the U.S and Europe and on the Las Vegas Strip. Poperazzi is committed to maintaining and preserving the core traditions of the classical music style, while infusing each show with rock and pop-inspired energy creating pure adrenaline. Elegant, versatile, and entertaining, Poperazzi are delighting audiences in Atlanta, Houston, Phoenix, Detroit, Naples (Florida), and Edmonton. Tickets are $17 for Sun City Summerlin residents, and $20 for non-residents. The Starbright Theatre is located at 2215 Thomas W. Ryan Blvd. in the hills west of Rampart. For additional information, call (702) 240-1301.

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Leave it to creative actor, Enoch Augustus Scott, to keep coming up with ideas for unique theater experiences. This time, it's From Grappler to Golden Boy: Misadventures of the Gay Boy in Semi-Pro Wrestling, and it‘s for One Night Only, tomorrow, Saturday, May 25th at 11p.m. A semi-autobiographical, half fantastical journey through the career of a mythical gay semi-pro wrestler. This fractured narrative cabaret experience seeks to capture the essence of what it is to be a gay semi-pro wrestler in the beginning of the 21st Century. Experience a world of steroids, atomic knee drops, alpha males, and spandex short shorts through the lens of Las Vegas' premiere gay author, actor, and performance artist. Created and performed by Enoch Augustus Scott, and based on his own experiences with additional material and inspiration provided by Tommy "Purr" Watanabe, man-diva of local indie Wrestling Federation Adrenaline Unleashed, and East Coast gay wrestling legend, Johnny Courageous. Enoch is once again joined by his partner and accompanist, Spencer Baker, and the acoustic guitar gangster known as Garret Harbison. Tickets are $15.

Also at The Onyx, Keepin' It Country! featuring Ghostlight. Are you ready for a kickin' good time? Ghostlight has taken some of your favorite classic and contemporary country hits and turned them into a high energy, country music revue - Keepin' It Country! Get in the country mood as they explore music from the likes of Willie Nelson, Hank Williams and Loretta Lynn, to Garth, Reba and Shania, to Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean and Little Big Town! Heartfelt ballads and high energy beats with fun twists as well as favorites like you've never heard them before! You won't want to miss the energy, the vocals and the chemistry that is Ghostlight as they're Keepin' it Country! Ghostlight is Las Vegas' exciting new country music quartet, featuring the two power couples of Brandon and Kelly Albright, and Steve and Sandra Huntsman. Showtime is Wednesday, May 29th at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10. The Onyx Theatre is located at 953-16B E Sahara Avenue (In Commercial Center). Call the Box Office at (702) 732-7225, or the theater at (702) 333-6698.


Enoch Augustus Scott

The NiteKings

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It's May Daze for The Lon Bronson Band. The Industrial Strength R&B, Rock, Soul & Funk bunch performs tonight, Friday, May 24th, and next Friday, the 31st at 9 p.m. in the Railhead at Boulder Station, and Saturday night, May 25th, at 9:30 p.m. in the Access Showroom at Aliante Casino & Hotel! Check out their new and improved horn section...on one side of the city or the other.

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The NiteKings, a band established in 1957, has been making music around Las Vegas for decades. Needless to say, not all of the original members are still working with the ensemble, but the ones who are keep mighty busy. Founded and managed by Rich Perez, the current cast of musicians include vocalists Angelo Mastrio, Skip Petronzio, Victor Moea and Eddy "B." The band is made up of Tony Cedola, (Ms.) Chris Jacobs, Red Michaels and John Falbo. You can see and hear The NiteKings on Sundays, from 7 to 11 p.m. in Roxy's Lounge at Sam's Town, through June, and at the Bourbon Street Cabaret in The Orleans, Wednesdays from 4 to 8 p.m., through September.

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East Coasters...
Not too surprisingly, Mark Nadler's I'm A Stranger Here Myself show has been held over at The York Theatre Company at Saint Peter's (entrance on East 54th Street, east of Lexington Avenue). The production, which played the Off-Broadway venue May 2nd through 19th, returns for 14 performances through June 9th. Nadler will again be joined by Franca Vercelloni on accordion, and Jessica Wright on violin. David Schweizer directs. The Weimar Republic was Germany's first democracy and a time of unprecedented artistic and sexual freedom. In I'm A Stranger Here Myself, multi-Award winning entertainer, Nadler, explores the Weimar Republic by delving deeply into the songs of the time, as well as into the lives of the people who wrote them and the people who were influenced by them - Kurt Weill, Friedrich Hollaender, Lotte Lenya and Marlene Dietrich, to name just a handful. By the end of the show, we find that we are all closely connected to this time and place, maybe in ways we never knew. Tickets are priced at $67.50, and are available online at yorktheatre.org, by calling (212) 935-5820, or in person at the box office at the York Theatre at Saint Peter's.


Mark Nadler

Nathan Lane

And while we are on the subject of New York, and New Yorkers, we can tell you that lovable Nathan Lane took home the top honor at the 79th Annual Drama League Awards, winning the Drama League Distinguished Performance Award for his performance as a veteran burlesque performer in Douglas Carter Beane's The Nance. The two-time Tony winner beat out 59 other nominees for the coveted prize, which was handed out at a ceremony on May 17th. Other winners were Distinguished Production of a Musical - Cyndi Lauper's Kinky Boots; Distinguished Revival of a Play - Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; and Distinguished Revival of a Musical - Pippin. Bernadette Peters walked away with the Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre trophy, and Jerry Mitchell (creator, director and choreographer of Peepshow at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas) received the Founders Award for Excellence in Directing during the ceremony, which was held at the Marriott Marquis Times Square. The New York Drama League Awards celebrate the best in Broadway and Off Broadway and are voted for by the public. Past winners of the Distinguished Performance Award include Audra McDonald, Liam Neeson, Hugh Jackman, Patti LuPone, Glenn Close, Liev Schreiber, Harvey Fierstein, Cherry Jones, James Earl Jones, Julie Harris, Mary-Louise Parker, Ian McKellen and Christopher Plummer.

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Larry "Wild" Wrice and the Chicago Blues Busters are back at Lucille's Smokehouse Bar-B-Que at 2245 Village Walk Drive in Henderson's District at Green Valley Ranch. Enjoy Live Music Events in the Flying Pig Lounge, tonight, Friday, May 24th, and tomorrow night, from 7 to 11 p.m. For additional information, call (702) 257-7427.

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If you happen to be in or around Memphis, Jim's Place presents Hudson and Saleeby on Wednesday nights, May 29th, June 5th, and, hopefully, more! Jim's Place Restaurant & Bar in Memphis, at 518 Perkins Extd (near Poplar). It's a great place for food, drink, friends...and Chris and Doug at the pianos. Call (901) 766-2030. The musical duo is still playing music at Theo's Bistro in Memphis on Poplar at Kirby every Friday, and having a ball, so come join in! We are hoping "Theo" will start the Saturdays with Hudson and Saleeby again, soon! Both places have plenty of TVs, so you won't miss a game...GO GRIZZ! And Chef Danny at Theo's is amazing, as well as Chef Scott at Jim's Place... so come hungry, thirsty, and stay late!


Hudson & Saleeby

SlotZilla on Fremont Street

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The Steel Skeleton of the 128-foot tower for SlotZilla™ has been completed. The takeoff tower of the $11.5 million ride is located just east of 4th Street and Fremont Street on Fremont Street Experience. SlotZilla™, set to open soon, will be a major new icon for downtown Las Vegas and Fremont Street Experience, a five-block entertainment district that attracts nearly 16 million annual visitors. The attraction will alter the downtown Las Vegas skyline with a 12-story slot-machine-themed takeoff platform located near the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Fremont Street. SlotZilla™ will be a two-level thrill ride. Riders on the upper Zoomline will take off more than 110 feet above ground, and riders, lying flat in a harness, will be launched to a speed that will zoom them 1,700 feet through and under the Fremont Street Experience canopy. Riders on the lower Zipline take off about 70 feet above ground and zip 850 feet to a mid-point landing platform. Both levels deliver a ride experience unique in the world – flying above thousands of people on Fremont Street Experience and under the Viva Vision canopy, which is the world's largest video screen. We suggest not trying this immediately after a big meal!

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Larry Atello and company, in Bon Jovi - Tribute to Bon Jovi is at Count's Vamp'd Rock Bar & Grill, 6750 W. Sahara, on Friday, May 24th. The free show starts at 9:30 p.m. For additional information, call (702) 220-8849.

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Carluccio's, the Italian restaurant formerly located next door to the Liberace Museum on East Tropicana, managed to hang on for a number of months after the museum closed in 2010, before it also disappeared. Not for too long though. It opened inside a bar in the west part of Las Vegas, but that didn't work out well for the once popular locals establishment, and they moved out of that location. The next attempt to resurrect itself resulted in them taking space inside a Doc Holliday's Saloon, located on Eastern, just south of Silverado Ranch Blvd. We recently learned that, once again, Carluccio's has ceased operation. The place had a loyal locals following for many years. Like the famous Phoenix, Carluccio's may rise again.

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Greet a variety of artists participating in the "Our Las Vegas" exhibition Thursday, May 30th, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Las Vegas City Hall Chamber Gallery, located on the second floor at 495 S. Main St. The exhibition will feature works from artists with studios and galleries inside Emergency Arts in Las Vegas. The Chamber Gallery is open to the public Mondays through Thursdays, from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. They are closed on holidays. Admission is free. "Our Las Vegas" is a project of the Las Vegas Arts Commission. The exhibition is supported, in part, by a donation from the Downtown Project. For more information on the Web-based "Our Las Vegas" project, go to ourlasvegas.wordpress.com, or call (702) 229-1012.

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We will have a follow-up paragraph on Christopher Lash's Putting On a Show, benefiting UNLV's Nevada Conservatory Theatre, in next Friday‘s column. The original musical revue played in the Judy Bayley Theatre, May 18th and 19th.

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